U.S. – Long delays at the border coming north, in some cases five-to-ten hours, is raising concerns Mexico might slow commercial traffic headed south. Said the National Pork Producers’ President David Herring.
“We do have a concern…we probably export about 40% of our hams to Mexico. They lack U.S. pork. So, it’s concerning, and we would like to keep the border open, freely, if anything, speed it up, so commerce can work, back and forth, as it should”, stressed Mr. Herring.
The administration at last count, had moved some 545-Customs and Border Protection inspectors to the open border to help with a flood of migrants crossing illegally. That’s prompted Herring and Pork Producers to seek relief.
Henrring indicated that they’ve identified that they need 3-thousand agricultural inspectors. They’re right around 24-hundred, give or take a few. And added that it’s going to be a long-term process and they hope to get incremental progress, as they go forward.